ellie goulding deliriumEllie Goulding has been at it for roughly five years and no matter what her music has sounded like over that period – folk/electronica, EDM, pop – what has always been at the centre is that one of a kind voice.  On Delirium, her third album, she has gone for straight up pop music and yet still stretches that voice of hers in incredible ways. The tracks “Scream it Out” and “Lost and Found” really showcase her voice. In another life she must have been an opera singer. In this life she is one of her generation’s brightest stars. Her career started off as a slow burn with it taking a while before her single “Lights” became a hit on this side of the ocean.  Her second album, Halcyon, made her a little more famous and then her work with Calvin Harris and on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack made her a pop force to be reckoned with. So with her third album comes all the expectations that go with that. To make sure she is up to that she has turned to pop music hit makers like Max Martin (Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Maroon 5), Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic frontman who has worked with U2, Madonna and Beyonce) and Greg Kurstin (Adele, Pink, Kelly Clarkson).  Goodbye singer-songwriter hello pop superstar. She is making the move and is serious about it. Though she has managed to keep her uniqueness (mostly due to that voice) and steered clear of being another manufactured pop star.  The entire album is upbeat and more positive than her previous material. An album like this has its eyes on the prize and is totally geared towards being played live.